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29th June 2020, 19:18

Easing of restrictions in the sporting world, following commencement of Phase 5 of Unlock

Some normality is to return to the sporting world. The Chief Minister announced several public health measures to be implemented that will allow sports and leisure to resume, at Monday's COVID 19 briefing. 

Junior football is to begin in coming days, with seniors having already kicked things off this weekend. Reps will be on site to ensure proper management of Public Health requirements. Although attack and defence drills can return, those working in these settings will be restricted to groups of 12, until the next phase of unlocking on the 15th July.

The Chief Minister also announced the Stay and Play summer programme will start on the 13th July, with all sports leaders now selected and beginning induction this Thursday.

The GSLA and the Director of Public Health have been working together to ensure safety during training and practice.

For Rhymthic Gymnastics this has resulted in new mats which can be sanitised easily, as the carpet usually used in the sport can, the Chief Minister said, reportedly carry COVID-19 for up to one week.

And athletics time trials can now be held on track with social distancing.

All pools at the bathing pavilion have been cleaned since their opening, with bookings at the GASA pool now increased to groups of up to 12.

The accessible pool hasn't been as busy as expected, so there are plans for it to return to a normal summer schedule from 1 in the afternoon onwards, but this is yet to be confirmed.

However, over at Europa Pool over 70's uptake has increased, and special steps to aid access to the pool have been installed.

Padel Tennis will continue with players details kept on record for ten days for contact tracing purposes.

Spot checks have been conducted by GSLA to ensure compliance with new measures. 21 of these have taken place so far, with no major issues detected.

Fabian Picardo said that the Association will keep in contact with others as they open up facilities and sporting practises further, whilst taking public health advice into account.